Veteran of everything from the Top 40 to True Grit, balladeer Glen Campbell plays two shows, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Red River Music Hall, Mill and Washington in Tempe. Tickets are $20 and $25. 829-6779 (Red River), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Though she's the daughter of a Broadway belter, blues diva Bonnie Raitt has a growly-yet-stylish sound that's quite a few blocks downtown from the Great White Way. Touring in support of her upcoming Capitol release Fundamental, La Raitt takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets are $25 and $35, available at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices. 262-7272, 678-2222.
"Mark your calendar!" says the promotional material for Organic Products Committee's 1998 Composting Conference. The rotfest, titled "Composting . . . Southwest Style," is held Monday, April 20, and Tuesday, April 21, at the Holiday Inn Select, 4300 East Washington. 350-8131.
The avant-rock quartet June of 44, touring behind its Quarterstick CD Four Great Points, performs its serene-yet-ominous rumblings at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. The Boom shares the bill. 921-7343.
Unlike David Spade (see story left), who frequently laments the assumption that he's gay, the performers in Absolutely Outrageous, an evening of standup benefiting the AIDS Project Arizona and Lesbian Resource Project, are openly gay. On the bill are Suzanne Westenhoffer, Bob Smith, Robin Greenspan, ANT and Michele Balan. Showtimes are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Tempe Improv Comedy Theater, 930 East University (at Cornerstone mall). Tickets are $16, which also gets you a gift bag full of goodies from Atlantic Records, Geffen Records, Wet, Henessey Liquors and so forth. 921-9877.
More standup: If, like me, you're among those who disagree with the NBC honcho who reportedly engineered the removal of Norm MacDonald from SNL's "Weekend Update" desk, it may be worth it to you to drive to Tucson to catch the comic's weirdly deadpan, off-the-cuff riffs. He takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Centennial Hall, 1020 East University. 1-520-621-3341.